10 super fun DIY outdoor games!

by 07/07/15   filed under: green kids, health & body, parenting

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Volvo's front-row child seat concept puts a new spin on family road trips

by 07/07/15   filed under: eco toddler, gear for parents, green family, green kids, kids health, news

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Car companies are constantly devising new ways to entice parents to buy their vehicles — but that usually means installing features like a built-in entertainment system or remote-controlled doors. Volvo has gone several steps further with its radical concept for child seat positioning in the upcoming XC90 plug-in hybrid sport utility vehicle. The “Excellence Child Seat Concept” replaces the front passenger bucket seat with a versatile child seat, something dramatically different than what we’re used to seeing in a family car. We think it’s pretty cool, but we have some major reservations about the concept, too.

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Rhiannon Logsdon's fairytale photography captures children's wildest dreams

by 07/07/15   filed under: art, green kids

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WIN a twin size organic cotton mattress worth $494!

by 07/06/15   filed under: contest, eco toddler, green family, green kids, sleeping

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Sleep. It’s no doubt one of the biggest topics on your radar as a parent. How much or how little sleep you and your kids are getting, co-sleeping, sleeping through the night, big kid beds… you get the idea. But a not so discussed topic is what kind of mattress are you sleeping on, and is it nontoxic? We spend 1/3 of our lifetime in bed, so slipping into slumber on a natural mattress will eliminate prolonged exposure to the dangerous cocktail of chemicals that are embedded in conventional mattresses. We know how important a safe sleep environment is, and one that’s free from off gassing materials, so we’re giving one lucky Inhabitots reader a twin-sized Pure Echo mattress valued at $494! The Pure Echo mattress is a medium-firm mattress comprised of GOTS certified organic cotton and Joma wool that serves as a fire barrier — so it meets all flame retardant standards without any of the toxic chemicals inherent in traditional beds.

BONUS: Inhabitots readers can visit My Green Mattress today to take advantage of a special promotion: get $75 off any mattress when you use the code INHABITOTS$75.

HOW TO ENTER:

1. SIGN UP FOR THE MY GREEN MATTRESS NEWSLETTER (Note: Scroll down to the bottom of the page)

2. LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW telling us what you like best about the Pure Echo Mattress and why you should be the lucky winner of an organic, green mattress.

Due to popular demand, we are happy to announce that we are extending the deadline to 7/8/2015 11:59PM EST. We want to give our loyal readers, friends, and family the opportunity to win this organic cotton mattress and have a better night’s sleep!

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Kupp drinking glasses for kids are a green, non-toxic alternative to plastic cups

by 07/06/15   filed under: eco toddler, green kids, kid friendly

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Graduating from a sippy cup is a big deal, and Kupp’s colorful and eco-friendly kid’s drinking cups will get tots psyched about drinking from a “big cup.” The glass cups come with a BPA-free, food and medical grade silicone sleeve with a handle that will keep breakage at a minimum. And speaking of minimalism, Kupp was created (by a mom, naturally) to reduce the need for tons of plastic cups, so each lead-free and cadmium-free Kupp is dishwasher safe and made to last. With five rainbow, nature-inspired colors to choose from, Kupp glasses may also help kids’ burgeoning independence and confidence since they can care for and carry the cups themselves!  Recommended for children ages 3 and up.

+ Eco-friendly glass Kupp $16.99

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Black Girls Sew offers a sewing camp that teaches girls creativity and resourcefulness through fashion design

by 07/06/15   filed under: art, craft, eco play, green kids, kid friendly, kids entertainment

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There are camps for literally every interest these days, and we’ve got the ideal option for New York City’s mini-fashionistas and makers-to-be: Sew Green Summer Camp. The two-week fashion camp that commences next month is the brainchild of Black Girls Sew, a Brooklyn non-profit created to introduce young girls and women to the craft of sewing and to inspire them to turn their sewing hobby into an opportunity for creativity and entrepreneurship. 

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'We Made It' by Jennifer Garner is a collection of inspired craft kits for kids of all ages

by 07/06/15   filed under: diy kids crafts, eco play, green gifts, green holiday ideas for kids, green kids

As a mother of three, actress Jennifer Garner is passionate about creative kids’ activities that bring family members together to bond over shared experiences. Garner has teamed up with Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores to produce a range of over 100 DIY kits that will teach kids practical crafting skills, while encouraging them to enjoy the creative experience with siblings, parents and grandparents. The We Made It by Jennifer Garner range has just been released and is available in-store and online now.

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Chou & Chou bamboo nursing covers may also be used as a maternity top, scarf, shawl or cardigan!

by 07/05/15   filed under: breastfeeding, green baby gifts, green gifts, green maternity, green pregnancy

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Nursing in public never looked so effortless, so stylish, or so inconspicuous. Chou & Chou’s multipurpose nursing cover goes beyond the typical layer of breastfeeding privacy: it may also be used as a maternity top, a baby blanket, a stroller cover, a scarf or shawl, or even a cardigan.The nursing covers, which are 95% bamboo (the other 5% is spandex to allow for a little movement and flexibility in usage), have a super soft and silky texture, yet are thankfully machine-washable.

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HOW TO: Make flavorful, refreshing fruit, vegetable & herb infused water drinks

HOW TO: Make flavorful, refreshing fruit, vegetable & herb infused water drinks

1. Gather the ingredients Fennel & Citrus: a bunch of fennel seeds half a lemon a few mint leaves filtered water Apple & Cinnamon: 1 red apple 2 cinnamon sticks 2 tbs of…

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Umbilical cord milking found to increase blood flow and blood pressure in preterm babies born via C-section

Umbilical cord milking found to increase blood flow and blood pressure in preterm babies born via C-section

Having a premature baby can be a stressful situation for a variety of reasons, with one concern being a particular type of brain hemorrhage believed to be caused by low blood…

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Lock-Nesters: A new kind of puzzle that forms a three-dimensional object when comprised

Lock-Nesters: A new kind of puzzle that forms a three-dimensional object when comprised

Hower’s Lock-Nesters are a quirky update to the traditional flat and symmetrical jigsaw puzzle. The models come in a variety of cute animal shapes in bright colors. There’s a green…

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14 eco-friendly, toddler-proof decor items for design-savvy parents

14 eco-friendly, toddler-proof decor items for design-savvy parents

Cherry Wood Fruit Bowl with Decorative Circles This beautiful cherry wood bowl has unique circular cutouts that add allure to what might have been just a basic bowl, plus allows air…

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A mother photographs her sons relishing a slow summer in the Polish countryside

A mother photographs her sons relishing a slow summer in the Polish countryside

It’s commonplace to occupy a child’s time with television, computers and video games — but much grander adventures beckon in the great outdoors. Urbaniak’s…

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Revised pediatrician guidelines enable doctors to take an active role in preventing childhood obesity

Revised pediatrician guidelines enable doctors to take an active role in preventing childhood obesity

The rates of childhood obesity have more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents over the past 30 years, with nearly 32% of young people between the ages of 2 and 19…

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This is what your newborn sees when he looks at you

This is what your newborn sees when he looks at you

From the moment babies open their eyes, we coo, we hover, we make silly faces and noises. And while we’ve been told that baby’s vision is limited and generally only able…

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HOW TO: Make homemade organic fruit swirl tie-dye popsicles

HOW TO: Make homemade organic fruit swirl tie-dye popsicles

Swirl Tie-Dye Popsicle Ingredients 2 cups of your favorite organic yogurt. You can use plain or vanilla flavored. For the pops you see throughout this post, I used organic vanilla soy…

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HOW TO: Make elegant raw zucchini rolls filled with spinach and sun-dried tomatoes

HOW TO: Make elegant raw zucchini rolls filled with spinach and sun-dried tomatoes

1. Gather the ingredients For sunflower seeds pate: 1 cup of unroasted sunflower seeds 1 spoonful of sprouts 4 spoonfuls of olive oil 3 spoonfuls of lemon juice 3 tsp of apple…

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Mom shares amazing photo of dyed placenta to show the miracle of her triplets' survival

Mom shares amazing photo of dyed placenta to show the miracle of her triplets' survival

An Australian mother of newborn triplets shared a photo on Facebook of her babies’ placenta to illustrate how the amazing organ supported the lives of her little ones in utero. Her…

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